Cubs vs. Brewers: Chatwood vs. Peralta (Game 3)

CHC(1-1): RHP Tyler Chatwood (0-0, -.-- ERA)
MIL (1-1): RHP Freddy Peralta (0-0, -.-- ERA)
First pitch 1:20pmCDT

Tyler Chatwood leads the way Sunday afternoon. The Cubs will be aiming to walk away victors in their first series, and Chatwood will attempt to build on a mildly successful 2019 campaign. Chatwood recovered from an absolutely dreadful first season with the Cubs (in which he walked over 8 batters per nine innings) to do respectable work out of the bullpen and as a spot starter. He found the zone with his fastball a little more and cut his walk rate in half. In five 2019 starts, he compiled a 3.97 ERA over 22.2 innings pitched. He's held current Brewers to a .535 OPS and is yet to surrender a homerun. Yelich is 4-12 with three walks off of him.

Freddy Peralta starts for the Brewers. He made eight starts for them in 2019 and appeared out of the pen 31 times. In those 85 innings he posted a K/9 over 12 but also allowed 1.59 HR per 9. Across 163.1 MLB innings he's allowed a career 4.79 ERA. In his eight starts last year 28 earned runs. This will be his first start against the Cubs.

The Cubs and Brewers enter the rubber game of the first series in a three-way tie with the Reds for second place, while the Cards are off to a hot 2-win start.


Former Cub minor leaguer Thomas Hatch is starting for Blue Jays today.  2016 3rd pick, believe that was Cubs first pick of that draft.  Will interesting to follow some of TheoJeds draft picks that end up in other organizations and see if the Cubs have had a drafting pitchers issue or if it more an issue with minor league development. 

2.1ip 0h 2bb 3k, 0r/er, 47 pitches

not good, not bad.  hit 96mph...85mph change...86mph slider.

On July 30, 2019, the Cubs traded Hatch to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for David Phelps.

Phelps signed as a free agent this offseason with the Brewers.

I agree, pitchers sometimes take time to develop and the Cubs track record hasn't been strong (if ever).

Watching Jays/Rays game in Tampa.  Weird hearing crowd noise for a game being played at the Trop. 

Robel Garcia claimed by Cincinnati today (after we took Derek Dietrich off of their hands this past week).

Vimael Machin makes the Oakland 30-man roster and starts today as the DH. Considered a strong bet to remain on their roster past each cutdown (from 30 to 28 to 26) as a UTIL/PH.

So who is taking Garcia's spot.  Also is Weick really hurt or is Ross going to keep the tradition of the slumping/bad outting that Maddon always sent people to the DL for.  Not upset about the Descalso "sprained ankle" though

I think Wieck is actually hurt. He didn't seem right and who knows if his recent heart surgery is still affecting him.

Garcia lost his spot so we could carry either Rex Brothers or Josh Phegley. I choose to think it's Brothers because losing a player to needlessly add Josh Phegley is stupid.

Peralta's getting some help on the outside corner vs lefties.


6.1ip 3h 2bb 8k, 1r/er, 84 pitches


One of his top games as a Cub so far. The cutter thing looked sharp.

Slutter - which is nice

ohtani goes 0ip 3h 3bb 0k before being removed...ow.

Not a good sign for Angels, they really needed him to being a solid starter for any chance at being competitive. 

I've gotten to game 3 and now have my first Ross gripe. Phegley entering a game before actual worthwhile players like Bote and Souza.

Catcher bias? 

Absolutely. Koyie Hill vibes.

I had somehow forgotten Koyie.

I do not miss Justin Grimm.

verlander (HOU) out for the season, elbow.

Woof. That's too bad - MLB needs it stars to shine more than ever

they're calling it a "forearm strain" now.  either way, they expect him to miss 3+ months and it sounds like a serious thing.  i dunno how you go from elbow to forearm considering he didn't injure anything today (start was on friday).  long story short, it's probably TJ time.

*shakes fist at dusty baker*

"No towell drill? Well then, this is what you get"

Would be pretty cool if Caratini, Nico/Kipnis and Happ keep that bottom of the order pesky and annoying to deal with

I'll miss Lester at bats. Well, maybe a little Less than missing Zambrano at bats.

Honestly, I'm going to miss watching Chatwood and even Hendricks hit. But I do like seeing Happ and Schwarber both in there every day.

So the Cubs next opponent, the Reds, had one player (Matt Davidson) test positive for Covid and two others (Moustakas and Senzel) have symptoms, with Moose placed on the IL.  More detail here:

So far the Cubs players have been fortunate with respect to Covid but man, this does not bode well

as long as they play long enough for the league to determine they can hand out awards and hendricks is a top-3 CY then i'll be all good.

he needs to trip that clause for a cheap option year to vest (no club option outside of that trigger).

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  • Eric S 1 hour 46 min ago (view)

    Rea bringing the heat 94-96 - and retires the heart of the Indians lineup in order.  He's looked impressive in his two appearances. 


  • Eric S 2 hours 2 min ago (view)

    Happ's bat being on fire is pleasing to the eye


  • Eric S 3 hours 3 min ago (view)

    He's the anti-Kimbrel 


  • Eric S 3 hours 6 min ago (view)

    Oliver Perez alone is worth the price of admission - more kinds of "deliveries" than Baskin-Robbins has flavors. 


  • crunch 3 hours 9 min ago (view)

    anyone that doesn't enjoy watching oliver perez pitching isn't my friend and can't borrow any of my stuff.


  • Eric S 7 hours 26 min ago (view)

    Agreed. Still a lot of swing and miss in the lineup and Caratini's make solid contact/line drive approach helps balance that out, particularly against righties 

    I like Bote's bat in the lineup as well with spelling KB at third and getting into the 2B rotation (Nico hasn't lept out ahead of the competition)


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 7 hours 44 min ago (view)

    As well he should, Victor is a really good hitter. I am glad to see him getting these opportunities.


  • crunch 7 hours 56 min ago (view)

    happ moving up...nice.

    also, ross seems to really love caratini getting ABs.


  • Eric S 8 hours 33 min ago (view)

    KB, Rizzo, Javy, Schwarber, Willson, Happ, JHey, Caratini (DH), Kipnis, Lester


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 13 hours 58 min ago (view)

    Carlos Zambrano. Loved Z but by the end of

    his tenure he was absolutely a negative influence.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 13 hours 59 min ago (view)

    I find it odd that they were basically able to totally re order the rotation and didn't move Hendricks to a home start this weekend against he team he tossed a shutout against.


  • Cubster 15 hours 31 min ago (view)

    Aha, I see a topic. List all time Cub clubhouse cancers. 
    Milton Bradley...


  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    the indians waited too long to get trevor bauer away from influencing clevenger as a professional and human being...

    there's a reason bauer has been sold "below cost" by 2 teams now.

    also, do they even care that carlos carrasco is coming back from a boatload of chemo and has decided to participate in this season when he could have just taken his $$ and gone home for a year?


  • Cubster 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    Per Jon Heyman: Hear Indians starter Mike Clevinger sat through a team meeting yesterday and defended Zach Plesac knowing he’d been out with Plesac, then flew back with the team.


  • crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    thursday stl/det double header postponed.

    cards have played 5 games and might not play a 6th until the weekend...maybe.

    some other teams will be 20+ games played at that point.


  • Eric S 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    Dietrich ends up with the Rangers on a minor league deal and sent to their alternate training site.